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4. Duodecima Son (Libra Secondo)
5. Canzona Quarta (Organ Solo)
6. Canzon Quarta A 3
7. Toccata Settima (Harpsichord Solo)
8. Son Sopra La Monica
9. Ballo Ditto Il Stefanin (Harpsichord Solo)
10. Todescha (Harpsichord Solo)
11. Padoana Ditta La Ongara (Harpsichord Solo)
12. Duodecima Son (Libro Primo)
13. Balletto Primo
14. Son Sopra Fuggi Dolente Core
15. Canzon Terza
16. Son Detta La Casablanca
17. Canzon Prima A Tre (Due Canti, E Basso)
18. Aria Detta La Frescobalda (Harpsichord Solo)
19. Chiacona

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B00004RJMX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John N. Tozzi on December 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
With respects to the other reviewer, I thought the brisk tempi brought an excitement that added interest to the works. So often, I find "historically informed" performances to be technically interesting, but the music doesn't quite come off the page. In this recording, the "informed" gestures are present and the music leaps about the room. I return to it with frequency.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley on November 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
The title of this programme, Sprezzatura, denotes 'a certain noble nonchalance, a way of tossing off a virtuosic gesture with ease and grace', according to the writer of the CD booklet notes. By and large, with a few reservations, it's a reasonable indication of the musical contents of this programme. The pieces chosen are largely north Italian works of the early to mid baroque, composed at a time when musicians were exploring and expanding the expressive capabilities of the violin with fascinating results. The Seattle-based La Luna ensemble are a small early music group of four players directed from the keyboard by Byron Schenkman – two on violin, one each on cello and harpsichord or positive organ – and on the whole they play the chosen pieces with spirit and style.

The results, however, are a something of a mixture. I enjoyed the pieces by Biagio Marini, Giovanni Picchi, Dario Castello and the one Spanish intruder represented here, Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde. There are several works by Frescobaldi as well, but I found these a bit of a flop – partly because the positive organ used for one of them is weedy and inadequate, recorded without ambience but sounding much better elsewhere in a supporting continuo role – but mainly because I've never really warmed to the music of Frescobaldi, finding it rather lacking in both energy and humanity. I realise that the composer is greatly admired by real music critics and that my statement will be sacrilege to some, but that's just my taste. The programme concludes with a very decent rendition of Tarquinio Merula's oft-recorded Chiacona.

For me, then, this CD is only a partial success, especially when compared to the very strong competition from numerous other collections of similar repertoire in the catalogues.
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A on May 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
--nice cover art....great selections....though impressive, --tempos too fast to be enjoyable
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